by Rosemary Reeves
By August 1970, the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense announced that it would have its Revolutionary People's Constitutional Convention at Temple University in Philadelphia. That's when panic set in. People thought they were coming to start the race war. Police Commissioner Frank Rizzo stepped forward in the climate of fear and said that he could lead us through these trials and tribulations, and it was rumored far and wide among the whites of northeast Philadelphia that only Rizzo could save our great city from the black revolutionaries.